Alaska Airline

Alaska Airline’s new Disney-themed airplane


Alaska Airlines introduced its fifth Disney-themed airplane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday and this one is decorated with Disney-Pixar’s animated Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi.

Here are some factoids about the airplane:

•A 34-member crew worked around the clock for 29 days at Associated Painters
Inc. to paint the plane.

•Painters airbrushed the aircraft with 70 colors and applied more than 10,000 square feet of vinyl graphics to create the characters.

•More than 72,000 linear feet of masking tape was used during the painting of
the airplane.


Tidbits for travelers: PHL gets a new spa; United goes cashless; Alaska gets Wi-Fi

XpresSpa has opened a new location at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – in the International Terminal, Terminal A West – offering massages, aromatherapy products, and other personal care items.  There’s another branch of XpresSpa on Concourse C that offers massages as well as manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and reflexology.


This week United Airlines announced that starting March 23rd, passengers will be asked to pay for on-board purchases (cocktails, sandwiches, snacks, etc.) with credit or debit cards instead of cash.  There are some exceptions. According to a United press release:

“United will continue to accept cash in addition to credit and debit cards on flights to and from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.  On United Express flights cash will continue to be the accepted form of payment.”money

And, starting this week, Alaska Airlines is testing its new in-flight Wi-Fi service on one Boeing 737-700 airplane.

The in-flight Wi-Fi is provided by Row 44 and will be  offered free for the next 60 days or so while the airline tests the service.  Then the plan is to install Wi-Fi on the airline’s entire fleet of aircraft – and start charging.